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The phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is sadly something we’ve all had to experience in these recent times. But no matter how long you’ve been apart, the bond between you and your loved ones just can’t be broken, which is why this month’s contest is dedicated to them! Whether it’s a portrait of your parents, your partner or your pet, we want you to share the love! Upload your favourite image for your chance to win and show the world what your loved ones mean to you.
You can submit your pictures until 7/31/2020.
SUMMER MEMORIES - Sunny skies, days at the pool or beach, holidays with the family, a camp fire with friends – summer is the time for fun under the sun. And memories to last a lifetime. Enter your best shots of your summer memories – take with your OLYMPUS OM-D, PEN or STYLUS – in the MyOLYMPUS photo contest this month. You may just be the winner of €500!
Competition is closed.
Back to the City – returning home after a long break or a short trip away, there’s always something awe-inspiring about urban life - whether it’s in the big picture or the tiny details of everyday life. This month’s MyOLYMPUS photo contest topic is all about capturing the special atmosphere that makes “Back to the City” a memorable experience. What’s your visual interpretation of this topic? Do you already have a great picture to submit? If not, grab your OLYMPUS camera and head on out - get creative and post your pictures. You may just be the winner of a €500 voucher for OLYMPUS equipment to spend at the OLYMPUS webshop! Inspire us with what inspires you on this topic with your stunning images!
Autumn – a time of transformation and infinite beauty. The days are growing shorter and 'the first frosty mornings are on their way. A riot of colour before Nature settles down for a long winter slumber. This month’s MyOLYMPUS photo contest topic is all about capturing the visual wonders and that fleeting feeling that makes autumn so very special.
Minimal - what images leap to your photographer’s eye when you read this word? Pared down, no frills, less is more, form follows function?
For this month’s MyOLYMPUS photo contest we’d like you to let your pictures do the talking and turn up the volume on this tiny topic!
Cosy – a word that in many ways captures the festive season and the spirit of midwinter. What’s your photographic definition of cosy? For this month’s MyOLYMPUS photo contest we’d just love to see your interpretations of a word that really does go hand in hand with this time of the year!
Wintertime can be tough with freezing cold days cloaked in darkness, but the season can also be beautiful too. Ice crystals shimmering in the sun, frozen lakes and snowy landscapes are just some of the images that appear when we think of magical winters.
This month’s MyOLYMPUS photo contest is about enjoying the charm of frosty times. Don’t let anything stop you, put on some warm clothes and catch the icy moments with your very own heart-warming shots.
Carnival – an imaginative and colourful time regardless of your cultural background. In some regions, the idea behind this event is to oust winter by dressing up like ghosts and scary characters and thus open the door for spring and summer.
Have you ever witnessed this special and much celebrated occasion? For this month’s MyOLYMPUS photo contest, we’d like you to catch the liveliness and the joyful atmosphere – showing us your creative eye.
Outdoor Adventures - Are you feeling the spring-time mood yet? The promise of flowers and warm air revives our desire to get outdoors so whether you are just about to fetch your bike out of the cellar or you are an all season adventurer we want you to share your favourite outdoor activity shots with us.
Show us your adventures! In MyOLYMPUS Picture of the month contest, we are looking forward to your spontaneous pix, funny situations, whatever made you capture an unforgettable outdoor adventure moment.
The day is ending, the darkness starts to set in, and slowly the city and streets fill up with light. Silence and peace take over from the rush and pressure of the day.At night there is so much beauty and special things to find. Take the freedom to capture your most favourite scene in an outstanding picture – then share it as part of the MyOLYMPUS photo contest.
Bright lights and dark shadows, strong lines and fluent transitions. Every picture has its own characteristics, especially in black and white. For this month’s topic, there is no limit to your creativity and photo scene options. Take this chance as part of the MyOLYMPUS photo contest and surprise us with your breathtaking pictures and their very own story.
Faces - there’s nothing more individual and there are so many ways to show them. The unique beauty of each person, the expressions in their eyes, a gentle smile or a strong look – every picture tells its own story. For this month’s MyOLYMPUS photo contest we want you to capture a special moment and share it with us. Go ahead - find someone's beauty and create a work of art!
Good postcards are always hard to find. In fact, we know that you can do better! Shoot your own scene, find an image that you would choose to really amaze your close friends and upload it to our MyOLYMPUS photo contest. No matter if you’re in the city, in the countryside, on a mountain or by the sea, inspire others with your favourite places and show us your best shot. Strike out and make it happen now!
A tiny part of a subject in a picture and suddenly your imagination runs wild. What does the image bring to mind and where have you seen it before?
Having a good eye for the small things in life allows you to see things other people wouldn't perceive at first glance. For this month’s MyOLYMPUS photo contest we’d like to see your creativity in implementing this unique and imaginative topic.
It’s the little things that have the chance to become something big, so be creative and enrich the lives of others with your originality.
Thunderous waterfalls, raging rivers, a silent sea, or rippling streams - the visuals that water provides are spectacular and you will find many ways to capture them. It’s easy to remember the places where you’ve enjoyed water and get inspired by the beauty of Mother Nature. Participate with your best water shots - share your scenes with other users!
Colorful times are coming! Autumn is just a few steps away and the leaves are getting more and more colorful. For this month’s MyOLYMPUS Photo Contest, we want you to capture your most colorful moment. Color up your life and be creative!
Beautiful landscapes can be found everywhere. The magic of a landscape picture happens when you capture nature in the right light. In your opinion, which landscape is the most impressive? Show us your special picture and upload it to our MyOLYMPUS Photo Contest. No matter where you are, inspire other users while sharing your favorite photos.
Love is a big word. December is the month of giving, so 'tis the season to share your love with us. You can feel love in many different ways—show us your way of love! For this month’s MyOLYMPUS Photo Contest, we’d like to see your creativity with implementing this lovely theme into your photos. Often it’s the little things in life that make us happy!
Winter is for cozy days at home and walks outside in the cold. Winter enchants us with its homely moods and holds a different meaning for everyone – some dreaming of white snow and others of home fires burning. Another winter often brings new wishes, new plans and new hopes. What is your personal winder dream? Show us your loveliest picture this month.
People are all different yet all the same. Faces, cultures and meanings all differ and it is this uniqueness that makes every one of us special. We have impressive diversity all over the world. What does being human means to you? Show us your personal emotions and your understanding of diversity in this month’s contest.
Life on the street is diverse. By day, the street is full of different people but at night, emptiness and a magical mood prevail. Try to capture those magical moments either by day or at night. In this month’s contest, we would like to see inspirational pictures from you, so walk on by and let the street life inspire you. People, contrasts, hopes and fates make street life special.
Spring is the season of happiness. People shake off the gloom of winter and warm up in the sunshine. Nature awakes from its long winter sleep. Everything turns green and moods lift too. What does happiness mean for you? Show us your favorite happy April picture!
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” (Vincent van Gogh)This month's contest is all about the beauty of nature. Take time to discover your surroundings and feel free to express yourself with a picture crammed with beautiful nature. Capture its impressive diversity – plants, flowers and animals make it unique.
They cause sleepless nights, produce shivers of excitement and create memories to last a lifetime. They can be risky and dangerous, yet full of fun and new experiences – adventures! This month is all about exploring the world around you and heading OFF TO NEW ADVENTURES. Share your most exciting summer moments and show us what your adventure looks like.
“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” (Christopher Columbus) Let’s lose sight of the shore and take a deep dive in. Discover a silent, magical world where countless shades of blue mingle in what is left of the broken crystal sunlight. Capture the variety of the colorful underwater life or the simple silence of endless blue and show us your most stunning underwater picture!
Fashion is Art! In this month’s contest we want you to show us your artiest fashion pictures. Fashion has a different meaning for everyone – there are those who really don't care about it, and those who love to dress up. Fashion makes people unique; get inspired on the streets of your hometown and share you best fashion picture with us!
Uniqueness is a right, individuality a gift. We are all the same and yet all different – and so are our thoughts. This is why, this month, we ask you to EXPRESS YOURSELF with a picture that shows who you are, what you feel and how you think. Be creative and share your soul with us.
Autumn not only marks the end of the summer, but also the beginning of a second spring. When every leaf is like a flower, you can immerse yourself in a world of hundreds of shades of red, and capture the soft autumn light as it hides behind a curtain of orange and yellow leaves, softly swinging in the wind. Explore your surroundings in the early mornings or late afternoons. Catch the year’s last days of warm sunshine and show us autumn lights through your lens!
It’s that time of the year again. The smell of cinnamon secretly lingers on the streets, children’s excited whispers can be heard everywhere, and glittering lights make our hometowns ready for one of the most romantic seasons of them all: Christmas. But Christmas is not only loud, colorful and bright—it can also be a time of thoughtful moments, stories of reunion or longing. What does your Christmas story look like?
Blurry background expressly wanted! This month is all about bokeh. We all know them, we all love them: blurry backgrounds that put our photographic object of desire into the spotlight. Bokeh is an art in itself, and we want you to be an artist. Get your cameras and bokeh lenses ready and show us your most fabulous shots in this Picture of the Month Contest!
“All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” (Leo Tolstoy)
Shadows are just as much part of our lives as lights, and they can be beautiful photo objects. This is why this month, we want you to chase the shadows in your surroundings and share your most impressive capture in our Picture of the Month Contest. Get out, find shadows in unusual places or just around the corner and impress us!
Sometimes you just need to climb up a mountain to see the whole picture. Or in this case: to take the perfect picture! This month's contest is all about the topic "On top of the world". Show us your most beautiful picture from the very top of your world-on a building, on a mountain, on a cliff... Be creative and share your bird's-eye perspective!
The vintage effect is one of the most favourite photo effects we know. Sepia colors, used look, soft pastel tones—vintage photos can be beautiful and you don’t necessarily need to add a lot of filters to take them. Play a little with your Olympus camera, find the right scenery, and share your vintage photo in this Picture of the Month Contest!
"In fashion and portraiture, it's not only shooting the beautiful model, but also capturing the background to support the subject." (Lars Johnson)
A portrait shows more than just how someone looks, it shows character. This is why this month, we want you to share your most expressive portrait in our Picture of the Month Contest. Grab your camera, find the right model, and lose yourself in this world full of possibilities. And don’t forget that often the most striking portraits are those that break the rules!
If you need inspiration, have a look at the “Feathered Bokeh–the new bokeh” article by Olympus Visionary Lars Johnson on Photo Journal: https://bit.ly/2rhX74B
True friendship is one of the most valuable things in life: It can help you get through the difficult times and make the good days even brighter. That’s why, this month, we want you to capture the variety that friendship offers in our Picture of the Month Contest. And don’t forget that friendship knows neither shape nor size. Be creative and show us what true friendship is all about!
There are few things as beautiful and impressive, yet mysterious, as the ocean.
Covering two-thirds of our planet it is an endless source of inspiration for humankind.
Sadly, we are discovering that it is also vulnerable to human impact. Fittingly and to mark “World Oceans Day”, we are highlighting the importance of conserving one of the earth’s most valuable natural resources. So for our current Picture of the Month Contest, show us the beauty of the ocean as you would like to see it preserved for future generations.
Almost everyone has a favourite sport, whether it be football (probably the most popular sport right now as the World Cup is in full swing), basketball, swimming, golf…. The possibilities are endless.
Sport has some kind of a magical power: it connects people. It is about those incredible moments when sheer human will and desire overcome the odds.
No matter if you usually practice certain sports yourself or you just enjoy watching them, go out and capture a stunning moment of your favourite sports activity for our Picture of the Month Contest!
“Family” is just a single word, but it has many different meanings. There is no right or wrong definition of the term as we all have our very own perception of this word's meaning.
What does family mean to you? Do friends count as family to you? Is your dog family?
Show us your personal definition of “family” in this month’s Picture of the Month Contest!
Sunsets are a miracle that we can enjoy every single day. They are the proof that endings can be beautiful too, and that there will always be a new beginning.
There is never one sunset the same, but they are all equally breathtaking. Go out, enjoy an amazing sunset, get inspired, and share your most stunning sunset shot with us in our Picture of the Month Contest!
Wherever there are people, there are animals. Many are domesticated, but you will also find people living alongside wild and exotic animals. Plus there are many species that are not even identified yet. The variety is huge. This is why this month is all about animals! Get outside and share your most unique shot with us in our Picture of the Month Contest!
As the days are getting shorter and nights longer, we have to make the most of this dark and gloomy season. Which is why we want you to share your most beautiful night time shots with us, whether it is a beautiful sky full of stars that you captured or the marvelous city lights that enlighten the dark nights: show us how beautiful the darker season can be in our Picture of the Month Contest.
While some of us enjoy the snow bundled up in a cozy blanket with a cup of hot cocoa, others go outside and explore their limits while hiking, skiing or snowboarding. But whichever it is that you prefer, let us be part of your winter wonderland story and capture your coziest or most exciting moments in the snow in our Picture of the Month Contest.
New Year. New Me... We are fed up with all of the New Year’s resolutions already, which is why we want to focus on the exciting events and parties we had or will have instead. Whether it is celebrating New Year’s Eve or Carnival, fireworks are always an eye-catcher and we would love to see the most spectacular firework captured in one of your pictures. Share your shot with us in our Picture of the Month contest to distract us from all of the resolution talk and bring some spark into our everyday lives.
Click a smile! They say that a smile is the best thing you can wear – and we agree! February is a month filled with love – well, at least on Valentine's Day – and a smile from a loved on can say more than a thousand words. A child's smile can make your heart melt too – wouldn’t you agree? Whatever smile you've captured, be it a soft smile or a million-dollar smile, go on and share it with us in our February Picture of the Month Contest – and put a smile on our faces!
The dark and gloomy days are over and we are slowly but surely welcoming a more colourful season. To make it even brighter and happier, we want you to share your most colourful pictures with us in this month’s Picture of the Month Contest. It can be anything – from your favourite piece of art to that pink house just around the corner you captured so perfectly using an Art Filter; or maybe your latest holy festival shot? Inspire us and bring a little colour into our grey everyday lives!
“Imperfections make you beautiful; they make you who you are”. We believe you can find beauty anywhere. And by 'anywhere' we really do mean anywhere. Share your images of people or places made truly beautiful and unique by their imperfections. Get creative! We look forward to seeing your oddly beautiful shots in our April Picture of the Month Contest!
They say nothing is really lost until your mum can’t find it. Sometimes it seems like our mums really do have super powers, doesn’t it? This is probably one of the many reasons why they have a special day devoted to them. So, in honour of all mums out there, we want you to share your favourite images depicting motherhood and everything that you associate with your mother or grandmother in this picture of the month contest.
We know Ariel and her mermaid friends don’t exist in real life, but the underwater world still has so much to offer. Life under water can be mesmerising and whoever has been for a deep dive before knows what we are talking about. So that is why we want you to show us your best underwater shots and let us dive into the underwater world with you!
Oh baby, it’s a wild world! It really is, but especially if you go outside and explore the world’s diverse wildlife. Whether it is out in the Sahara Desert or on safari through Kruger National Park, we want you to share your most impressive wildlife shots with us in this month’s contest! Take us for a walk on the wild side and bring some excitement to our everyday lives.
Everyone should believe in something and we believe that the beach is a magical place. With the holiday season in full swing, we were hoping that you could share your best beach moments with us during this month’s contest. Whether it is an abandoned beach in the middle of nowhere or a packed beach during summer holidays, let us all beach more and worry less.
We all feel a little melancholic when summer is about to end, don´t we? Our minds are still dreaming about the beautiful moments we experienced, and we are just not ready for the cold season ahead of us. But nothing is perfect and sometimes we might just need to look at things from a different perspective. To make more out of this September than a long farewell to the summer, with this month’s contest topic, we want to encourage you to go out and fill your days with stories of places that spark our imagination. Grab your camera, explore the unknown, and discover hidden places – whether it is just your favourite unique recreation spot around the corner or any abandoned place far away.
The days are growing shorter and the leaves start falling from the trees, covering the streets with a colourful carpet in deep gold, orange, and dark red beauty. Autumn is officially here and there are so many reasons to love this season and things to eagerly await. It is not only a transitional season of nature but also time for cosy sweaters, delicious pumpkin recipes, and long walks out in the woodlands. So, head out for some autumn activities and enjoy the beauty of all that nature has to offer. Take us for a walk and inspire us with your best capture of nature’s transformation in this Picture of the Month Contest.
“The art of living is learning to dance in the rain instead of waiting for the sun.” When it is rainy and misty outside, many of us would like to cover up in a cosy blanket at home, enjoying a hot cup of tea while reading a good book, and listening to the relaxing sound of falling raindrops. We believe that rain transmits a certain calmness and peace, and that rainy days can be ideally used to slow down and clear your mind. So, whatever your personal attitude to rain is, we are excited about seeing some creative shots of it for this Picture of the Month Contest in November.
Is there any month of the year that is more cosy and romantic than December? Christmas is almost here and we are already counting the days. It is not only the season of love (and lots of good food), but also the season of lights. Candles, fires, and glittery lights of Christmas decorations that fill up the streets and our homes – they all contribute to the warm atmosphere and that festive spirit which makes this time of the year so special. So, bring some more light into our everyday lives with your personal interpretation of this topic for our December Picture of the Month Contest.
January is the perfect time for new beginnings, reflection, and self-care. We can finally start to enjoy the silence of winter and take some time to reset and recharge our batteries. For some of us, this means cuddling up in a warm blanket at home with a good book, while others use every free second for long walks in the cold or for exploring all kinds of winter sports. We are looking forward to seeing your personal interpretation of a winter´s tale, so share your snowy and magical winter moments with us.
Creativity has many faces which express themselves in a variety of formats, photography being one. We believe that there is an artist in all of us. The interplay of light and colour or an unusual composition in a still life or landscape photograph can become an artistic expression. We invite you to use this Picture of the Month Contest to express yourself: release yourself from fixed thought patterns – let your imagination run free and experiment with your photography. We can't wait to see your super-creative pictures this month!
Creativity has many faces and it can show itself in various forms, such as photography. We believe that there is an artist in every one of us. A still life or landscape photograph can become the creation of an artistic expressive photograph; for example through a special interplay of light and colours or an unconventional composition. Use this Picture of the Month Contest as a chance to free yourself from fixed thought patterns, to let your imagination run free, and experiment with photography. We can´t wait for your creative pictures for this Picture of the Month Contest.
It finally smells a lot like spring and we are gently reminded how beautiful change can truly be. The days are growing longer, the first rays of sun are warming our skin, and the plants begin to blossom in the most beautiful colours again. Spring triggers so many positive feelings—it is a time of joy, colour, and the season for lovers. Just the mere thought of spring puts us in a good mood. To make it even better, share your personal take on “spring awakening” in this month’s Picture of the Month Contest.
These days, even reading the news can be overwhelming. We believe it’s never been more important to keep your creativity flowing, which is why for this month’s contest we’re challenging you to find new perspectives in a very familiar environment - your own home! Think beyond still life; perhaps a pet portrait, the view from your window or your latest baking experiment - look closer and there are plenty of photographic subjects to be found. Let your imagination run free and share your best picture for your chance to win!
While it can sometimes be associated with sadness, the colour blue also represents calm and serenity - which, let’s face it, we could all do with a little more of in times like these! This cool colour has been said to lower heart rates, blood pressure, and even body temperature. This month’s contest is all about Blue - whether it’s an underwater adventure from your last holiday or your favourite pair of jeans. From the sky to the sea and everything in between, bring some tranquillity into our lives by sharing your interpretation of the colour Blue.